SI Photography Club – Featured Photographer April – June 2022: Raja Rao

Outdoors in the Pacific Northwest

From the photographer in his own words:

As the title implies, the photographs I’ve chosen to display at The Lake House are all landscapes, cityscapes, and iconic symbols representing the area in and around Seattle, WA.

I am not a photographer in the sense that I’ve never had any professional training, put any photos up for sale, or even, up to this display, shared any of them in a public space.

Over the past 10 – 15 years, I’ve simply found myself drawn to becoming more aware of the visual beauty around us. In the earlier years, I’d keep my mobile phone, or a small camera handy to try and capture any visuals – human, mountain, forest, or ocean – that just seemed compelling, unique, or just stood out in some way. I didn’t try to explain it or plan the shots. It’s always been a case of, “You’ll know it when you see it,” as is much the case for any creative process, or life in general.

After working professionally in global health on the east coast, overseas, and in Seattle, I took a little time off to reconnect with the creative things in life, like dusting off my guitar, doing some painting, and jumping in with both feet into photography. Some of the photos you will see displayed are captured inside frames I made in my little woodshop back home in Bainbridge Island, WA (and it’s easy to tell which ones!). The collection includes some very early morning, “golden hour” photos over the waters of the Puget Sound and at least one in a driving rain storm.

Speaking of which, after more than a decade back in Washington State, where I’m originally from, we decided to seek out some sun and warm temperatures, and were fortunate enough to find Seabrook Island, which we’ve called home since November 2021.

I hope you take away something positive from viewing these images, as I have from being lucky enough to capture them.

-Submitted by Raja Rao, Seabrook Island Photography Club

(Image credit: SI Photography Club)